Thursday, December 5, 2013

E is for Evergreens

Today in my A to Z trip through December, we are on E! To check out the earlier posts, click here!

To me, the baby trees seem so fragile in the snow.
(My picture, taken at Spray Valley Provincial Park.)

Several years ago I did a lot of research on symbolism and meaning in the landscape, and although I loved evergreen trees and shrubs before I started my study, I appreciated them even more after. Don't get me wrong, though, there is a special place in my heart for deciduous plants, too!

Coniferous trees are a symbol of enduring. When everything else in the world appears dead and all the colorful deciduous leaves have blown away long ago, the coniferous trees and shrubs are there to remind us it'll all be okay. Their sturdy boughs remain beautiful and full of life, supporting the weight of the snow, even as the daylight hours get whittled away.

It is no wonder, then, that just as night seems to devour day that we turn to nature's evergreen gifts for inspiration and hope.

O Tannenbaum!

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Do you like deciduous or coniferous trees the best? Or, am I the only one to think about these things?

6 comments:

Diana Cranstoun said...

As long as they don't set off my hay fever, I like any kinds of trees! :o)

maeclair.net said...

Wow, what a poetically written post. I loved it! And evergreens are pretty cool too :)

marymforbes said...

Nature is a fascinating thing to explore and think about. Your seeing the 'forever' in an evergreen is wonderful. After Diana's comment - I want to explore why some people are allergic to plants and another isn't. Life is so much learning.

patonlorraine said...

Diana - Allergies are nasty, aren't they? :) Some willows and poplars are so messy and allergy-inducing. It is too bad there are so many of them around.

patonlorraine said...

Mae - aw, thanks! :) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

patonlorraine said...

Mary - You're right. I think about things like that, too. My nephew can't eat glutton - makes you wonder how all these things develop.